Gateshead Council Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools Admission Policy 2018/19


We allocate places at our Community Primary Infant and Junior Schools using our policy below and co-ordinate admissions to our schools using our co-ordinated admission scheme.

The policy is as follows:

Your child will start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they will reach the age of five. (An academic year lasts from 1 September in one year to 31 August in the following year). However In many schools the first year will include an induction period, (a period for your child to get used to school life).
This period may last from September until no later than the end of the October half term holiday. Parents who wish to defer their child’s entry beyond this period must make this request in writing at the time of application for admission to school. Deferred entry must not extend beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s 5th birthday, or beyond the academic year for which the application was accepted. Deferred entry will be considered by us the local authority (LA) in consultation with the Head Teacher and governors of the school.

Nursery Admissions 2018/19

All children are entitled to 15 hours of free provision provided over 38 weeks. some working parents can claim 30 hours of childcare with a validated code available through HMRC. Where a parent or carer chooses to take up fewer than 15/30 hours or chooses to split their entitlement with another provider the criteria will be applied regardless.We provide and allocate nursery places at Rowlands Gill Primary School using the local authority Nursery Education Admissions Policy.

We have 15 and 30 hour places available for the summer 18 term so please contact us if you would like more information.

Nursery Hours are:  8.45-11.45 Monday to Friday for AM sessions, 12.15-3.15 Monday to Friday for PM sessions. Children taking up a 15 hour place will be offered an AM or PM session. If these times are not suitable please contact school as we look at each place individually to suit the needs of the parents and children.

Children taking up a 30 hour place will do 8.45-3.15 Monday to Thursday and 8.45-12.45 on a Friday.


Admission criteria

All children, subject to the availability of places, will normally be admitted to the nursery class no earlier than the start of term after their third birthday i.e. at the start of term in September 2018, January 2019 or after the Easter break 2019 of the 2018/19 academic year.

The Local Authority Admission Form is distributed and available from Nursery during the Autumn term, which will be returned to the Civic Centre. Parents can also apply online or through the school office.

Parents are always welcome to visit school with their children to see the nursery environment. Please contact the school office and we can arrange a time that is mutually convenient.

Please use the links/downloads provided for full information.

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